District Line Daily: Mr. Brown Goes to Jail
A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown was sentenced to 39 months in prison, a federal judge ruled Thursday. During the sentencing, Brown apologized, saying he "should have resisted the culture of corruption running rampant in our city."
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Police say that the man who was shot on a playground on May 20 on the 600 block of Morton Street NW was targeted. A stray bullet also hit and injured a 6-year-old during the shooting. [News4]
- The D.C. Department of Health officially added six new qualifying conditions to the list of ailments that allow D.C. residents to obtain a medical marijuana license. [WAMU]
- The D.C. Court of Appeals raised the possibility that voters may still be able to cast ballots this year for the city's attorney general. [District of DeBonis]
- The D.C. fitness industry is rallying against the new proposed "gym tax." [Washington Business Journal]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
The Punk Sacraments: D.C. band Priests is about to have a moment that the local punk scene hasn't experienced in more than a decade: a record that deserves national attention and will likely get it. In our latest cover story, a look into the world, the music, and the community of Priests.
PR Flop: The Washington football attempted to launch a hashtag campaign as a way for fans to show their support for the team name, but, predictably, it completely backfired.
Fake Top Chef: The Ballston Restaurant Challenge is actually a total sham.
LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer. (tips? email@example.com)
- Ex-councilmember Michael Brown gets 39 months in prison for bribery charge. [LL, Post, Times]
- D.C. Council budget includes $200K to study the soccer stadium proposal. [WBJ]
- Gyms organize against "yoga tax." [WBJ]
- As expected, Vince Gray isn't happy about the Council raiding the streetcar budget for tax cuts. [WBJ]
- Paul Zukerberg heads to appeals court for another chance at keeping attorney general vote in 2014.
- New medical marijuana rules add new diseases to qualifying list. [WAMU]
- It's not necessarily "cool" to be independent like David Catania, says Peter Rosenstein. [Blade]
- Jonetta Rose Barras: Catania "puppet" ad about Muriel Bowser wasn't sexist. [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Mayor Vince Gray strikes back at Council for streetcar funding cuts. [WBJ]
- When well-intentioned affordable housing policies backfire. [Market Urbanism]
- D.C. tiny house leads tiny house contest. [UrbanTurf]
- Council, ambivalent about stadium plan, approves funds to study it. [WBJ]
- How does DCRA catch illegal rentals? Informants, usually. [UrbanTurf]
- It'd cost about $32 billion to Minneapolize the country. [Streetsblog]
- Today on the market: Mount Pleasant 1BR—$249,900
ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? email@example.com)
- New hip-hop artists, desperate for listeners, are paying bloggers to write about them. [Bandwidth]
- The Howard Theatre: punk protest, or just careless? [PoPville]
- D.C.'s House of Cards shoot caused more drama than Frank Underwood would. [Loose Lips]
- Filmmaker Jeff Krulik (of Led Zeppelin Played Here) shares his documentary origins. [D.C. Music Download]
- Local rapper and producer yU's humility might be keeping him from fame. [WTOP]
- Tomorrow at Politics & Prose: Find out what scares Americans from a local author who's done his research. [DCist]
- Take in some art on the move at these area art walks. [Washingtonian]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- A supper-club flow chart [Express]
- Travel the world by visiting these local restaurants [Thrillist]
- BLT Steak now has wagyu flights. [Eater]
- How to enjoy Thai food at Elephant Jumps like a pro. [Post]
- Where to drink whiskey this weekend [Zagat]
- Alphonse Italian Market & Osteria opening in two to three weeks. [PoPville]